Pre-Order Legend of the Mantamaji: Bloodlines Book One

TV director Eric Dean Seaton’s “Legend of the Mantamaji” was critically acclaimed and made news on MSNBC, Forbes and The Root. Now he returns with a new story in the Mantamaji series that’s just as action-packed, just as magical and even more dangerous.

Two months ago, Elijah Alexander was just a cocky Assistant District Attorney who wanted everything his poor upbringing couldn’t give him. When he learned he was descended from an ancient race of heroes, Elijah became the last Mantamaji and used his mystic ankh and powers of illusion to defeat the evil sorcerer Sirach. But now that this enemy is gone, a new enemy—Gideon’s Army—forces Elijah to prepare for a fight he was never trained for…and one that forces him to question the very origins of his people. In “Legend of the Mantamaji: Bloodlines,” nothing is safe…not even history.

“Legend of the Mantamaji: Bloodlines” is a graphic novel series whose sweeping tale of magic and mystery, heroes and villains, has a fresh look, a modern setting—and an ancient beat.

Pages 162

Ages 8 to 88

Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 6.6 x 0.4 inches


Wondercon Panel • The Writer’s Journey: Breaking in and Managing a career in Hollywood

Our WonderCon panel!


This panel addresses what new writers need to do once they have material ready to go out to the masses. The shifting 21st century digital frontier means the age-old methods of building a career have been rendered irrelevant. This group of Hollywood screenwriters and graphic novel creators share insider information, publishing secrets, and the professional realities on how to develop your ideas into a viable property and market yourself accordingly.

Moderated by 2015 Disney/ABC Writing Program winner and 2014 Eisner Award nominee Brandon Easton (Marvel’s Agent Carter, IDW’s M.A.S.K.), the panel includes TV producer Geoffrey Thorne (The Librarians, Marvel Comics’s Mosaic), NAACP Image Award-nominated director/writer Eric Dean Seaton (Disney’s MECH X-4, Legend of the Mantamaji), actress/writerErika Alexander (Concrete Park, Get Out), and artist/writer Tony Puryear (the Schwarzenegger film Eraser, Concrete Park).

WHEN: Sunday April 2, 2017 12:30pm – 1:30pm
WHERE: Room 208

Mantamaji Invades Wondercon 2017 with preview of new Bloodlines book

Heading to Wondercon this weekend?  Stop by Small Press Table 31 (SP-31) and get an exclusive post card featuring images and info on the new series “Legend of the Mantamaji: Bloodlines.”

TV director Eric Dean Seaton’s “Legend of the Mantamaji” was hotly anticipated and made news on MSNBC, Forbes, and The Root. Now he returns with a new story in the Mantamaji series that’s just as action-packed, just as magical… and even more dangerous.

Two months ago, Elijah Alexander was just a cocky assistant district attorney who wanted everything his poor upbringing couldn’t give him. When he learned he was descended from an ancient race of heroes, Elijah became the last Mantamaji, and used his mystic ankh and powers of illusion to defeat the evil sorcerer Sirach. But now that this enemy is gone, a new enemy—Gideon’s Army—forces Elijah to prepare for a fight he was never trained for… and one that forces him to question the very origins of his people. In Legend of the Mantamaji: Bloodlines, nothing is safe. Not even history.

Legend of the Mantamaji: Bloodlines is graphic novel series whose sweeping tale of magic and mystery, heroes and villains, has a fresh look, a modern setting—and an ancient beat.

female characters in comics, strong female characters

Want to Create Great Female Characters? Start with her brains, not her boobs

female characters in comics, strong female characters

“How do I create strong female characters?”

It’s a popular question many comic book creators now ask as they develop their stories. The short answer?

Develop her brains before you draw her boobs.

It is painfully, embarrassingly, obvious when a creator inserts a female character whose primary purpose lies in sexual objectification and exploitation.

The longer answer starts with a better question… How do I create great characters?

Character development for women isn’t any different than it is for men. There isn’t a special “pink book of characteristics” you must refer to in order to make fantastic female characters.

plague_4ripNEWWhether a creator is motivated by a genuine desire to include women as equals in their stories or is driven by less altruistic ideas (i.e. not wanting to end up on the front page of The Mary Sue for perpetuating stereotypes, or finally realizing the buying power of women, or realizing it may be be easier to get press because, “Look! Girls in Comics!”), it is imperative that comic creators avoid making the same stupid mistakes others have made that alienate readers and frankly, ruin a good story.

I wanted to make my female characters in Legend of the Mantamaji equal to the men in every way. That is why the Sanctuants (women heroes) in my story found a way to survive for thousands of years when the men could not. They are the backbone of the story.

Listen, character development is difficult. From nothing, you have to create a well-rounded, interesting person. The person has to have that ‘it’ factor in order for readers to care about what they say and do. If you’re still stuck on creating a relevant, female character, these three tips should help:

1. Develop her brains before you draw her body.

Get inside your character’s head and get to know her. What does her voice sound like? Where did she grow up? Why? How would she react if x happened? Why? What is her value system? Would it ever shift? How does she interact with other characters in the story? Why? What does she do in her downtime? Why? If you don’t understand a character’s motivation, your character is flat and unrealistic.

main_sanctuants_1NEW2. Don’t confuse girls who kick ass for characters with agency.

If your character’s actions don’t affect the story, you’re wasting ink. Kelly Sue DeConnick called it the “sexy lampshade test.” If you can replace the character with, say, the lamp from A Christmas Story and the quality of the story doesn’t decline significantly, your character sucks.

“But she is a total badass,” you say. “She can shoot big guns!”

So, what? Why is she shooting big guns? If it’s simply because someone told her to – seems like a lame reason.

3. Remember she is not “just” anything.

She’s not just a girlfriend, or just the mom or just the secretary. Look at the women you know. Are they “just” anything? They have lives, dreams goals and motivations outside of their interactions with you. Or to put it another way, would you ever throw a male character into a story just so he could get killed? How about throwing him in the story just so the hero has a way to be ‘humanized?’ Sounds ridiculous, doesn’t it?

It’s lazy writing, bad storytelling and terrible karma to marginalize an entire group of people in your stories.
Why do the Mantamaji fight? Why does Superman fight? Is Wonder Woman simply waiting around for people to give her instructions? Is Detective Sydney Spencer sitting around the police precinct waiting for someone to kidnap her? No! They have their own reasons for taking up the mantle of hero or villain.

If your character development is lacking in any of these three ways it’s time to go back to the drawing board, you still have work to do.

Check out more great characters from Legend of the Mantamaji and pick up the books here.

Martin’s Theory of Relativity Great Review!

Review of Eric Dean Seaton’s Legend of the Mantamaji

Lately there have been a lot of discussions regarding diversity in comics. We now see examples of diversity in comics among the Big Two (Marvel Comics and DC Comics).  Marvel Comics has characters like Ultimate Spider-Man with the bi-racial Miles Morales and a Black Captain America; DC comics even has a Black version of Superman. While they should be applauded for making steps in the right direction it has been far too long in coming. Some question whether or not these changes are done in the name of equality or recognition that with changing demographics providing more diversity in their products translates into bigger profits.
What gets lost in the debate is that there are a number of creators out there who are not waiting to see what the Big Two plan to do next when it comes to diversity. They are creating their own diverse superheroes with their own unique mythologies.  An excellent example of this is the work being done by Television Director, and former Clevelander, Eric Dean Seaton. He has written  the three-issue series of graphic novels Legend of the Mantamaji. The series is about Black Assistant Attorney Elijah Alexander who finds out that he is the last of the Mantamaji, a long-lost race of warriors from Nubia, Africa with magical powers who were protectors of humanity long ago.
Book One introduces us to Elijah Alexander. He is cocky, media-hungry and ambitious beyond words. Lately he has been winning case after case, but he wants more. We meet his girlfriend Detective Sydney Spencer who warns him that his wins have been coming too easily. She is smart and resourceful and every bit Elijah’s equal.  She has her own conspiracy theories of a mysterious group called the New World Knights who are getting rid of their criminal rivals by framing them. Her theories have led to her being ridiculed her fellow police officers. Enter Elijah’s mother Mariah and her long lost friend Noah. He finds out that Noah is a Mantamaji and that his mother is a Sanctuant. At Noah’s prodding Mariah tells Elijah about the history of the Mantamaji and his true destiny.  I like the idea that when Elijah was growing up Mariah had been telling him about his people’s history all the time, but she disguised them as children’s stories. The mythology that Eric Dean Stanton has created for the Mantamaji is well-done.
Elijah is told that the evil and powerful Mantamaji Sirach has reawakened.  He has created a new identity for himself the seemingly benevolent Brother Hope. The New World Knights are his disciples and soldiers. He has plans to reshape the world as he sees fit.  Only Elijah is equipped to stop him.  The powers he is able to manifest as he learns more about himself are pretty cool. Elijah has to decide whether to embrace his destiny or ignore it. The fate of mankind hangs in the balance.  I don’t won’t to give away too much of the story. But believe me the book is a real page turner. The characters are well-written and fresh. The art work by Brandon Palas is excellent.  I highly recommend you do yourself a favor and pick up Legend of the Mantamaji.  You won’t regret it. And be on the lookout for a future live action version which is currently in production.

Wiles Magazine Authors Spotlight


By John Nathan

Director and author Eric Dean Seaton

If you’ve ever seen episodes of shows like “That’s So Raven,”…or the current series “Undateable,” then you’ve seen prolific and award-winning director Eric Dean Seaton’s work.  And, if you happen to be at Comic Com 2014 from July 24 – 27, you’ll get to see even more of his work AND meet him in person.

After building a successful career as a television director that began with an internship during the final season of “The Cosby Show,” Eric Dean Seaton has translated his talent for storytelling into the Legend of the Mantamaji series of graphic novels. And, as he shared with us, the worlds of television and graphic novels aren’t nearly as far apart as you might think.

“Legend of the Mantamaji” was the culmination of all the things I learned about story telling while working for The Disney Channel and Nickelodeon.  Their characters can be broad and the stories tailored more towards kids but the art of telling a story is the same.  You have to have heart, it has to mean something, the main character needs to be flawed and learn a lesson and you have to take the audience on an adventure. ”

And, as it turns out, the art of creating adventures for himself and others is something Eric has been perfecting since childhood.

Read the rest of the Wiles Magazine Profile here…

Television Director Eric Dean Seaton Reveals First Graphic Novel Series “The Legend of the Mantamaji” at Comic-Con San Diego

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) July 16, 2014

Eric Dean Seaton, director of multiple television hits including “Sonny with a Chance”, “Austin and Ally” and “Undateable,” brings his first graphic novel series, “The Legend of the Mantamaji”, to the San Diego Comic-Con on July 24 – 27, 2014. Seaton has a juicy Comic-Con Exclusive for attendees: Comic-Con San Diego attendees will be the only people who can purchase all three novels prior to their set publication dates. Comic-Con San Diego attendees will also be able to meet Seaton and have their Legend of the Mantamaji books autographed at the Small Press Pavilion, Table P-13, Wednesday, July 23rd, from 6 p.m – 9 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, July 24 – 26th from 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sunday, July 27th from 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. The novels are also available for pre-order at

“The Legend of the Mantamaji” is a three-book series that follows the story of Elijah Alexander, a brash assistant district attorney who suddenly discovers he is the last of an ancient race of warriors sworn to protect humans. Fast-paced, heart-stopping action combines with a layered, thoughtful story full of hair-raising plot twists as Elijah struggles with the truth of who he is and what he means to the world.

Book one is set for release on October 8th, with release dates for book two and three scheduled for December 10, 2014 and February 11, 2015, respectively.

Seaton grew up wanting to become a director yet never forgot the days he spent devouring comic books in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio.

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